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10 Powerful Quotes on Overcoming Adversity (and a Book Giveaway)

UPDATE: The winners for this giveaway have been chosen. They are Kristie St. Germain and Suzanne Hermary.

As the year is coming to a close, now seems like a perfect time to shine a spotlight on one of my favorite books of 2017.

Tiny Buddha contributor Harriet Cabelly has crafted a masterpiece in her book Living Well Despite Adversity: Inspiration for Finding Renewed Meaning and Joy in Your Life.

Harriet’s faced her share of personal challenges in life, from going through a life-threatening medical crisis with her daughter to rebuilding her life after divorce. But this book isn’t just about her own journey. It features interviews with dozens of people who’ve learned to thrive despite illness, loss, and other tragedies.

Uplifting and empowering, Living Well Despite Adversity offers hope and inspiration for anyone who’s struggling in life.

The stories are raw, the lessons powerful, and the messages universal. While some of the names are well known—including Cheryl Strayed and Meredith Viera—many were new to me; and I couldn’t have been more grateful for the chance to learn a little about their journeys and what’s helped them heal and grow.

I’ve shared below some of my favorite excerpts from the book, but first…

The Giveaway

Harriet has generously offered to provide two copies of Living Well Despite Adversity to Tiny Buddha readers. To enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment below. You don’t have to write anything specific. ”Count me in” is sufficient. But if you feel inclined, please share your favorite quote on overcoming adversity or something that’s helped you get through tough times.
  • For an extra entry, share this giveaway on one of your social media pages and post the link in a second comment.

You can enter until midnight, PST, on Monday, December 17th.

The Quotes

From Michael Hingson, who was born blind, later survived 9-11 with the help of his guide dog, and then wrote the bestselling memoir Thunder Dog:

“If I were to suggest to other people what they ‘should’ do if they’re going through a tragedy or any kind of unexpected change I would say you must start with accepting the fact that the change happened, especially if you didn’t have control over it. And even if you did and it took an unexpected turn where you were left in a quandary, you must start with ‘All right, where am I?’ Get over the fact that it happened—‘Now where do I go from here?’ I don’t care what the challenge is, we all can start with that.”

From Amy Morin, who lost her mother, husband, and father-in-law in quick succession and then wrote the book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do:

“It’s tempting to try to avoid the sadness and distress associated with grief—but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to face your emotions head-on. Other people will try to cheer you up because they’re uncomfortable with you being sad, but let yourself feel sad and angry and lonely. Time doesn’t heal anything. It’s what you do with that time that matters. So it’s important to use your time to heal—and part of healing means experiencing a wide variety of emotions. And don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends, family, and professionals. Your connections with other people can make all the difference in the world.”

From Natalie Taylor, who lost her husband, Josh, while pregnant with their first child:

“One thing I try to say to myself when I hit a bad patch is this idea that ‘it will pass.’ I won’t feel this way the whole day or the whole week. So I sort of embrace it and go through it because it will pass. It’s not that I ignore it. When I do get sad I remind myself that I’ll be happy again, eventually, or I’ll do something else in the day that will make me happy. I just know that things change quickly, although with grief they don’t change so quickly. At this point, four years out, my day-to-day attitude is so much more positive than it was three or four years ago obviously.

From Meredith Viera, journalist, TV personality, and caregiver to her husband Richard Cohen, who’s been living with MS for more than thirty years:

“Build that group of friends, that support system around you. Go for it. Don’t be afraid. Don’t feel that you’re a burden to other people. And don’t be ashamed of illness. What you’ll discover is everybody else has their own thing. People don’t like to talk about stuff. They hide it, but if you’re open and you say you need help, people will be there for you. It’s important to know they’re there. It’s like it takes a village; when there’s illness it takes a village too. Most people have been phenomenal.”

From Laverne Bissky, who started the No Ordinary Journey Foundation to help children, like her daughter, who struggle with Cerebral Palsy:

“For me coping is about balance: not static balance but dynamic balance because life is always in a state of flux. It’s about knowing when to push hard and when to rest. When to fight and when to let go. When to use and when to conserve resources. When to work hard and when to have fun. Practicing mindfulness helps me to know when to shift between these. It’s about paying attention to what is going on inside of you.”

From Natasha Alexenko, sexual assault survivor and founder of Natasha’s Justice Project, whose mission is to ensure rape kits are tested and investigated quickly:

“You don’t always have to be productive. You’re biggest responsibility is to yourself and making sure you’re OK. If you are not feeling well emotionally or mentally, you should treat yourself almost like you’re ill. If you had a cold you wouldn’t necessarily mop your floors or do your laundry. You’re allowed to take a moment to smell the roses and not be hard on yourself.”

From Julie Genovese, who wrote the memoir Nothing Short of Joy to share her story of living with a physically and emotionally challenging form of dwarfism:

“I didn’t realize I had a choice of how to see my challenges. When I turned it around to see those challenges as adventures or as mountains to climb so that I could see a fantastic view, my attitude changed; that shift in perspective would change all of it. I realized I did have more of this inner divine power than I had realized in the past. It’s a universal quality that keeps us moving forward. It’s that desire to be our own truth, to be our whole self. We are all born into these different handicaps, visible or invisible, and they are the catalyst to wake us up and remind us that we came here for growth and awareness. Our hardship and struggles are that springboard to appreciate what we can have here if we look at it differently, or if we experience it with new senses—like jumping into a pool after a horribly hot day is ten times better than jumping into a pool every day when you’ve never really gotten hot. As humans we have these catalysts to keep prodding us forward and to keep remembering there’s a greater and more beautiful truth than maybe what we’re living.”

From Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, psychologist, author, and radio show host, who’s been paraplegic since a car accident three decades ago:

“When I’m in a dark hole, I want someone who loves me enough to sit there next to me and not tell me there’s light on the other side. Words are not going to do anything and 90% of the time they’re going to be patronizing. They’re also going to be a byproduct of your own anxiety and helplessness. Just sit with me. Just have the courage to try to fathom what I’m experiencing.”

From Judy Shephard, who lost her son to an anti-gay hate crime and then founded the Matthew Shephard Foundation to help erase hate:

“In my personal experience, as well as that of many very close friends and family members, you don’t ‘emerge.’ The darkness is always there; it just gets different. It becomes something you can look at with some objectivity. We still have joy and happiness in our lives; it’s just different. At least, that is what it has been for my family to date. My advice is not to let anyone tell you the accepted time limit for grief—it is limitless. That being said, it must also become something you embrace rather than fear. We’ve encouraged our friends and family to still share memories of Matt, not to shy away from remembering him. He will always be a part of our lives and that is a good thing.”

From Julia Fox Garrison, stroke survivor and author of the memoir Don’t Leave Me This Way:

“I think we are conditioned to say the word ‘can’t’ which closes all doors to possibilities. I have discovered that if you include the word ‘yet’ then the door to opportunity remains ajar. I used to say ‘can’t’ so often that it became second nature in conversation. Now I avoid saying ‘can’t’, but when I need to say it, I always include the qualifier, ‘yet’. So I can’t rollerblade yet, but I plan on it someday, maybe.”

You can learn more about Living Well Despite Adversity: Inspiration for Finding Renewed Meaning and Joy in Your Life on Amazon here.

FTC Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for reviews and interviews on tinybuddha.com, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn a percentage of all books purchased through the links I provide on this site. 

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Chris

    thanks for the book offer!

  • JESSICA A VAUGHN

    “Living Well” sounds like a great read!

  • sandy

    Count me in.

  • Rachel Rollins

    Please include me for the book giveaway. I am trying to learn how to live well during adversity. Struggling, really… thanks. Have a blessed day.

  • Livelife364

    Please count me in.
    I have recently gone through a major life change that challenged everything I believed in. I found out that most of what I believed in was not aligned with my Authentic Self, so I was given the opportunity to let go of those false beliefs. What I learned from all of this is as follows:

    – We are loved. We have no idea how much we are loved.
    – These experiences are there for us, they are not done to us
    – Help is ALWAYS there, but we need to ask for it, and be ready to accept it, even if the way it appears does not always seem to make sense.

    :>)

  • Caralyn

    I need this book for a friend who is going through a terrible time right now…..ultimately it will be the best thing, but the struggle is now in getting to that place. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Marcia Canter

    When I was complaining about not doing something in college, my mom said “Who’s stopping you?” I am reminded of that question (and the answer) whenever I am writing or trying to promote my books.

  • LJ

    The quote about acceptance by Michael Hingson resonates with me. I am going through something not of my own doing and learning to accept the circumstances is really tough. I have to have faith that I will see this through. Also reading what others have endured makes me open my eyes to other circumstances that are much more difficult to get through than what I am experiencing.

  • Pieter

    The quote or story that comes to my mind when things life feels as if its going awry comes from Philip Simmons book ‘Learning to Fall’

    “Think again of falling as a figure of speech. We fall on our faces, we fall for a joke, we fall for someone, we fall in love. In each of these falls, what do we fall away from? We fall from ego, we fall from our carefully constructed identities, our reputations, our precious selves. We fall from ambition, we fall from grasping, we fall, at least temporarily, from reason. And what do we fall into? We fall into passion, into terror, into unreasoning joy. We fall into humility, into compassion, into emptiness, into oneness with forces larger than ourselves, into oneness with others whom we realize are likewise falling. We fall, at last, into the presence of the sacred, into godliness, into mystery, into our better, diviner natures.”

    “We are all—all of us—falling. We are all, now, this moment, in the midst of that descent, fallen from heights that may now seem only a dimly remembered dream, falling toward a depth we can only imagine, glimpsed beneath the water’s surface shimmer. And so let us pray that if we are falling from grace, dear God let us also fall with grace, to grace. If we are falling toward pain and weakness, let us also fall toward sweetness and strength. If we are falling toward death, let us also fall toward life.”

  • Pati Thomas

    I never thought I’d be struggling more at this age…. I thought the struggle would ease by now.

  • Britny

    “I didn’t realize I had a choice of how to see my challenges.” Count me in

  • Sara Davis

    This one really resonated with me. After losing my 6 year old son in a drowning accident, it took me YEARS to come to terms with the fact that I couldn’t change what happened. I just felt cheated and powerless. Please count me in.
    “If I were to suggest to other people
    what they ‘should’ do if they’re going through a tragedy or any kind of
    unexpected change I would say you must start with accepting the fact that the
    change happened, especially if you didn’t have control over it. And even if you
    did and it took an unexpected turn where you were left in a quandary, you must
    start with ‘All right, where am I?’ Get over the fact that it
    happened—‘Now where do I go from here?’ I don’t care what the challenge is, we
    all can start with that.”

  • Guest

    Count me in.

  • Dean Reinke

    After having a stroke, I am following the Hunter S Thompson quote ‘Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a could of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride”
    Besides that I have to change the whole approach to stroke by writing; Dean’s Stroke Musings.

  • Lise Ewald Hull

    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  • Kelly Tevlin Taylor

    Count me in! I’d love this book!

  • Maribeth

    Count me in!

  • Judy Schechter

    Count me in!

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  • Barbara Woodhouse

    Count me in! Sounds like the book I need to read.

  • Sakari

    count me in! 🙂

  • Santoshi Harish Dhanayak

    Count me in

  • Tamu Maomi

    COUNT ME IN!

  • jb

    Count me in – sounds like just what I need!

  • Eleni Dee

    Count me in! Through my own struggles, I’ve found quotes like these to be so inspiring (and boy, do I have a collection, many from Tiny Buddah!) I’ve also learned that sharing my stories has helped inspire others and created some wonderful connections…it also helps me remember that no one on this earth is immune from pain and suffering – it’s the one thing we all share and I would love to share this book with a friend who is struggling right now. Thanks to the author and Lori for making this offer available!

  • Tiffany Howard

    Count me in! I definitely believe in the power of positive affirmations. Sometimes, when times are difficult, I will feel like I am hanging on to one like a lifeline! Two that I use consistently are familiar: “Let go and let God.” And “You aren’t who loves you, you are who you love.”

  • Katie

    Count me in! I suffer from sometimes paralyzing panic attacks and positivity is something I’m searching for right now.

  • RENAE M PHELPS

    Love! ❤ count me in!

  • Zaheera Walker

    Time has been my greatest healer…❤

  • Blandine Besson

    Count me in.

  • Colleen

    I would like to share

  • Virginia

    Count me in!!

  • Mary-Ellen Gallacher

    Count me in

  • Maarit Snellman

    Joining ❣❣❣.

  • Moir Michele Dan

    Count me in

  • AnnMarie Ottoy

    So many beautiful thoughts.

  • SDMommy

    Include me too please!

  • thea cross

    Sounds like an amazing book

  • Michelle Frost

    “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

  • Marsha Law

    It seems everyone I know could use this book.

  • psusi19

    Count me in!

  • Deb Wade

    Wow – this sounds like an amazing and very helpful book!!

  • Heather

    Count me in! A quote that helped me when going through adversity was: “When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

  • Melissa

    Count me in. Sounds like a great book:)

  • Sharon

    ”Count me in”

  • Lisa Falsetti Karlan

    sounds like a great book

  • Janette Gregson

    Please count me in. A quote that helped me get through adversity is “It is in herself that she will find the strength she needs” I believe it is by Tyler Knott Gregson (no relation)

  • Jennifer

    Count me in! “This too shall pass” is my daily mantra.

  • Count me in, because I always find it helpful to explore others’ concepts and ways-and-means.

  • Teresa Sullivan

    I need this book. Please.

  • Jennifer

    Your not alone. I have panic disorder/agoraphobia. It is very difficult to to be positive some days. Wishing you healing and peace =)

  • Tracy Doren

    Count me in! Would love to learn some healthier ways in going through adversity.

  • Suzanne Hermary

    Definitely a book I could use right about now. Please count me in!

  • Paul Flores

    “Only My Best Is Good Enough” is a rule I try to live by and I encourage my kids to embrace it. If you do your best you eliminate regret because you know the outcome was meant to be as even your best effort couldn’t change it ! I believe it so much that I’ve had it tattooed across my chest ! In all I do, only my best is good enough!

  • Sharon McCluskey

    Count me in.

  • sweety

    Count me in please.thanks

  • sweety

    Count me in Please.

  • C Puerto

    Two years ago I developed serious problems in my spine that left me unable to walk. I’m not a young person, but was in no way ready to give up an active life. There are days that I lose all hope and feel my worth slipping away. It’s a constant struggle to stay positive, when I can’t do the simplest of things. I need all the encouragement I can get and think this book will be a good read to help keep my spirits up. Thanks for the offer.

  • Rene Lynn Castle

    Sounds like an awesome book! Count me in, please.

  • Melanie Sartain

    Sounds awesome, thanks for the chance

  • Pinky

    Thank you all for building UP and offering insights, advice and support to all of us that struggle with our issues. Please count me in!

  • sian e lewis

    the only way to grow is to be positive and know that something valuable will be learnt, even when we are unable to perceive what that something is.

  • Jackie Douglas

    I would love to read this book. Count me in.

  • “With mindful awareness, you are not your thoughts unless you actually choose them. The key is to look at your thoughts for what they really are… just thoughts. No need to dwell on them, act on them, fight with them or try to avoid them. Take notice and let them go, like cars passing your house! Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!” ~ John Shearer

  • Ashwini Rao

    I’ld love to be in. Your writing warms my heart.

  • Renee

    Please count me in. 🙂

  • Laurie Aaronson

    Count me in

  • Sara Gallegos

    “If you want to be happy, be.” I love the simplicity of this quote because it reminds me to be presently aware of my emotions at the time and then I become aware that it is up to me to choose how to respond to the negativity that may be going on in my life. Suddenly, letting go becomes much easier. I take a deep breath, relax, and let go. Being positive is much more enlightening than pouting. We can’t be happy at all times, BUT, choosing to be happy helps overcome any situation with much effort 🙂 “COUNT ME IN”

  • Lindsay Gorlitz

    in the face of adversity, always remember that you are worthy of love and belonging.

    count M E in !

  • ccrgirl

    Count me in 🙂

  • Lalitha

    Count me in please.
    When faced with adversity, I do my best, and hope it shall all pass.

  • Kathy Wallace

    Please count me in. Thanks!

  • Erika Hardesty

    Count me in please

  • Jim DeLapp

    I would love a copy! Namaste`

  • Nicole

    I would love a copy. Thanks

  • Monica

    Sounds like a wonderful book.

  • Rosemary Vigorita

    Count me in.
    My mother used to say in times of adversity: This too, shall pass.

  • Bridget Arndt

    Count me in.
    A butterfly is a reminder to us that even the ugliest thing can be beautiful if given its own personal time

  • Count Me In. I broke my neck in a sporting accidents and now I’m struggling with life as a quadriplegic. I’m still looking for help dealing with this.

  • Jen Burks

    Count me in. I love the thought of, so far your record for getting through crappy days is 100%. You can get through today.

  • Jen Burks
  • Liz

    Count me in!

  • Hello, I’m so sorry about your major loss. There are actually two interviewees in the book that discuss this; well actually one is quadriplegic and one is paraplegic. Just know there’s more potential than meets the eye. Dig and discover – you will find it within yourself and reclaim your renewed purpose.

  • Hi Bridget, Yes, we all have strengths, beauty and potential that we can uncover and bring forth.

  • Hi Rosemary, Yes, and let’s hope it passes with growth and healing, a renewal of purpose and meaning, and newfound joy.

  • Hi Lindsay, Great to keep this in mind as we need to be our own sense of comfort as well.

  • Hi Sara, Yes, happiness is a choice. And our response to our difficulty is also up to us. As we know, it’s not the circumstance per se, but rather how we respond to what happens to us.

  • Hi John, Great quote. Mindfulness can certainly help us deal with our challenges. One of my interviewees in the book is Dan Harris who wrote 10% Happier, all about his mindfulness journey; and quite amusing as well.

  • Hi Sian, Yes, sometimes the silver lining shows itself later on down the road.

  • Donna M

    Just……Let It Be

  • Hi C Puerto, So sorry about your physical condition and the hardship it causes on a daily basis. Try to focus on the {small} things you can do. The human spirit is limitless; dig deep and see where your soul and spirit are guiding you. That’s where healing can occur.

  • Hi Marsha, Yes, adversity and loss are part of the human condition. At some point in our lives we all must deal with it.

  • Hi Heather, Sounds like growth through adversity. Yes, we can grow through our challenges. The key is recognizing and being open to it, and then using it to enrich our lives.

  • Hi Janette, Great quote. We all have strengths, oftentimes untapped and unrecognized reserves of strength.

  • Hi Rd, We can learn a lot from the stories of others and the lives they lead can be a source of inspiration, hope and guidance.

  • Hi Tracy, This book is filled with that.

  • Hi Paul, Good self-compassionate motto to use when we get hard on ourselves. And there’s also always more we can learn and grow. So much of life’s ‘bad’ happens out of our control. Feeling good enough is a big thing.

  • Bonnie Bervoets

    Count me in-Am facing a sudden divorce after 34 yrs of marriage and working through childhood traumas that have come forward to be healed -would love a copy of this book-sounds so inspirational!

  • Heather Russell

    Count me in. I was widowed 2 years ago, and I can’t figure out what to do with my life in the chapter. Feeling really lost.

  • Ramelle

    I have lived with an eating disorder fir 14 years but that time has taught me the difference between living well and merely surviving. I have found that accepting my thoughts but not acting on them has been a mahor step in my recovery, and has allowed me to study, re-engage with friends and be in a loving relationship. However, i strive to continue to grow, so love this site for all the inspiration it endows. Thank you!

  • Julie Matthews

    Count me in. I will be honoured to read these stories

  • Belinda W

    Count me in, please 🙂

  • Belinda W

    count me in, please

  • Bonnie Settle-Saunders

    Count me in! Major life changes recently have me rattled most days. Dealing as best I can.

  • Jannelle Lobban

    Count me in please ?

  • Ayaman Rashid

    Thank you, thats resonated to me, I am 48 yours old and have no hope, my daily dream is to quiet my dead-end job but i have kids and my monthly bills, i feel iam too old to change my career and it looks the dark side of middle age crisis. Tanks again

  • Runner Runner

    Thank you for this lovely post. I have faced a lot of adversities in my world and some of the tips in this post ring true. I will definitely re-read it when I get home tonight. Thank you, thank you. thank you!

  • Anthony Wu

    Count me in. To whoever that is reading this, Keep on trying because one day, you will get there 🙂

  • Anne

    I read this post during my work break and it was one of the most inspiring and motivational posts I’d read (of course all TB posts are awesome, but this one really resonated with me).

  • Marianne V Heffernan

    I lost my only sister, Joyce, over 30 years ago and the journey of Life has been one I never could have imagined. It is a daily challenge to stay positive, but it helps to focus on being kind to others and to yourself. It can be a solitary experience, when you hurt in your soul in grief, and it also extends to seeing your loved ones in this kind of pain. Day by day, if you choose it, you find the strength to be happy and to live. 🙂 Count me in – would love to share this on my sister’s FB page.

  • Hi Marianne, So sorry for your loss. Yes, it is a choice and one that is hard to come; but with work it can happen. Sounds like you’ve made that choice despite…..

  • Hi Anne, Glad this resonated with you so much. The people highlighted in this book share their pain and wisdom from a very deep and authentic place.

  • Hi Ayaman, Sometimes we have to do what we have to do but there are ways to bring in more joy and meaning into your life. Take on some small things each day that are meaningful to you; small things that nourish the soul can bring about big differences. So if the big dream can’t happen right now, build in smaller pieces of that dream. And it’s never too late as long as we’re here on this earth to rebuild a new path. I left my job (late 50’s) to finally pursue what I really wanted.

  • Hi Bonnie, Give yourself permission to feel and be rattled and then start to take steps towards betterment. Become intentional about what and how you’re doing. Behavioral and attitudinal change is in your power.

  • Hi Ramelle, Good for you! Keep on growing. And always remember to go easy with yourself when the difficult times or setbacks occur; then you’ll be able to get back up and continue on.

  • Hi Heather, So sorry to hear of your loss. Check out Option B facebook page – there’s wonderful support there. It’s a process that has it’s own time. Trust that you will come through and a new path will evolve. Decide to start bringing into your life small things that nourish you, that you enjoy, that are meaningful to you. Open yourself up to new learning, new possibilities, even while feeling that hole of sadness. And of course allow yourself to grieve.

  • Debbie Mckenna

    Count me in…I would love to read your book.

  • Hi Bonnie, That’s really tough when the suddenness of loss comes upon us. It rocks our whole world as we knew it. But working through past issues is a real stepping stone towards major growth. And so through your pain will come growth and beauty (like the butterfly out of the struggle from it’s cocoon). You will chart an unexpected new course.

  • Belinda

    Thank yo my quote is don’t take life so seriously or you’ll never get out alive ! Count me in

  • Tracy Doren

    : ) I hope I win a copy!

  • Lucy Njigua

    Ask your self why me? And if not me who else and would you wish this pain on some one else. Am sure you would not therefore know that it happened to you for a reason.. You just need to find out why and maybe there is no lesson to learn but you were the strongest among the people that fate could throw this challenge their way. ✌

  • Paul Flores

    Hi Harriet ! Thank you for your comment. I find nothing more satisfying than knowing that I’ve given 100%. I guess another way to put it would be “Anything less than your best is selling yourself short !” Much love to you.☺

  • Amber Maksymetz

    Please count me in. Thanks!

  • Six

    Count me in…too many good quotes to choose from, but one i do like is “life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance!” …and as i work with kids “just keeping swimming” lol! 🙂

  • tania maria Henneberg

    Count me in thank you 🙂

    “Everyone you see, you say to them, love me.
    Of cause you do not do this out loud;

    Otherwise someone might call the cops.

    Still though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.

    Why not become the one
    Who lives with a full moon in each eye
    That is always saying,
    With that sweet moon language,
    what every other eye in this world
    Is dying to hear.”

    Hafiz

    He has some really nice beautyfull poems if youre feeling sad:)

  • Kaye

    Loving the person I thought was the One was killing me. The time we spent together and the ensueing explosive breakup has left me with financial, legal, mental and physical burdens. The only and best thing I got out of it was taking it all in and coming out a better person, someone who finally is awake and willing to live. I would do it again if it meant I continued to want to live and be living for the rest of my life, despite the agony. I have to keep thinking about that every day in the sudden flashbacks I get innumerable times a day. It helps me stop crying, helps me unfreeze. I’m still irreversibly broken from him, but there’s power and forgiveness in taking the pieces and meticulously putting them back together again. Never the same , but perhaps I can feel beautiful, deserving and whole again one day…

  • Sunil

    Your article on “Think about Long Term, forget about short term pains” is a great motivator to overcome adversity

  • Jay Si

    If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude ~ Maya Angelou
    Count Me In! 🙂

  • Gillian Liza Lee

    Be Still … sometimes we just have to stop and come back to the moment before we can take the next step …

  • Esther Huhn

    Count me in. One little step at a time is the best approach in difficult situations

  • Hi Esther, Yes, baby steps gets us moving forward.

  • Hi Gillian, Yes, pausing, taking a breath and becoming aware and in touch with where we’re at – mindfulness at its best.

  • Hi Tania, Yes, Hafiz has some beautiful poems/quotes. Here’s one of my favorites: “Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, It lights the whole sky.

  • Charlie Stringer

    “Be bold enough to live life on your terms and never, ever apologize for it.” Count me in–I’m a woman in a male dominated career path, wondering if I should leave because I don’t fit in.

  • mmoore

    Thank you for these quotes! It’s just the inspiration I needed.

  • Count me in. I had check up this afternoon and found out I have STD. As i meet new partner, I always trust and love them even if I knew from the start that they are the wrong person for me just hoping that at least one day when I found the one for me I am well prepared to love wholeheartedly. Although it may seem that I am positive always, there’s always a time when I do think I might be so unfortunate and find myself all alone. And sometimes it takes some alone time to clearly see with your heart as the fox told the star prince “You will never be able to see things clearly unless you look with the heart”

  • Jan

    I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  • Jo-Anne Gustafson

    Count me in! Loss effects everyone. Loving some of the quotes people have posted 🙂

  • Mary

    Count me in. I think that everyone has something to deal with.

  • Melissa Vallieres

    Count me in. I would love to read it as I had many struggles in the past and would love a good start.

  • piper

    count me in “The struggle ends when the gratitude begins”

  • Keilin Rmrez Fndez

    Count me in!!! I would love to read the book.

  • Sharon

    Count me in. “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase”~MLK Jr.

  • Kristie St. Germain

    Graciously count me in please. I’m divorced after 26yrs with a family of generational incestuous molestation. I once was blind but now I see and The Truth Shall Set You Free……to be me? on this life’s journey! I may never get over it, but I will learn to live with it. Surviving in forgiveness and compassion til I’m thriving in all things LOVE!
    “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings” ~Lao Tzu

  • Marcia Mundell

    Count me in. I’m living with Multiple Sclerosis and I’m forever looking for books to boost my spirits and help me realize how blessed I am.

  • Sotiria

    I would love to read this book!!! 🙂 Peoples’ stories are always inspiring.

  • Mini Salas

    Count me in. After getting a divorce, and being unemployed for months, the only thing that’s gotten me through this tough time is knowing that “this too shall pass.” And it helps to read others’ stories of reinvention and resilience.

  • Jon Gates

    Count me in! My work is really difficult right now…it’s important work but difficult to be there and be present based on the environment.

  • Nina

    There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
    – R. Buckminster Fuller

    (Count me in)

  • Kiran

    Perseverence, perseverence, perseverence! Nothing is permanent! So this adverse time shall pass too. You can’t control everything or everyone around you, but what you can control is how you react to what life throws at you. Give your best shot, and you will definitely make it to the other end. Find every little positive you can find out of the situation. Everything happens for a reason so enjoy the journey. Be kind, be grateful, be gentle. Give respect, earn respect. Deep breathes. Smile. Positive vibes.

  • Kadie Coverstone

    Count me in. I had my colon removed in September and have various other mental/physical illnesses. I try to live by don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word, Don’t take anything personally, Don’t make assumptions, and Do your best.

  • Stacy Alexander

    I would like to be entered.

  • Resident_Hippie

    I’m in. Love the quote “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

  • Count me in.

  • Dawn D’Alessio

    Please count me in.
    It seems I’ve always been behind the 8 ball. I keep my sense of humor and rely on my 3 best friends of 40 years as support and sounding boards when I need it.
    We know each other like no one else in this world having gone through childhood to adulthood together. They each provide a different and unique type of perspective which I find incredibly helpful. I don’t know how I’d make this journey without them. ?

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  • morphin3

    Count me in!

  • beth casey

    id love to win this book

  • Hi Dawn, You are fortunate to have your 3 best friends in your life for so long. They are your life-long tribe of deep connection. This is priceless and contributes to well-being through life’s challenges and critical times.

  • Hi Resident Hippie, Yes, that’s a great quote. And one I have hanging above my computer is “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!”

  • Hi Kadie, My daughter, who I write about in my (giveaway) book, had her colon removed when she was 20 and has had a healthy life since. It takes time to adjust, naturally. Give yourself that time and be easy on yourself. It’s a huge life/body change. I wish you the best.

  • Hi Kiran, Love your life lessons here. Perseverance is a key character strength and one that gets us far in life. It keeps us pushing forward and not giving up on our goals, pursuits, and the ups and downs of life. In other words, it keeps us in the game of life.

  • Hi Jon, As long as you feel you’re doing important work and see a greater purpose, you will persevere. Stay true to your work and try to manage/cope with the difficult environment.

  • Hi Mini, Your current reality is tough AND holding onto to the knowledge that there is a future waiting for you to rebuild is hopeful. Best to you.

  • Hi Sotiria, I love peoples’ stories and am already thinking of a volume two for more incredible stories of ordinary people living amazing lives through and despite their hardships and losses.

  • Hi Marcia, I’m sorry for your illness. I think this book will do just that – lift your spirits and help you focus on your gratitude. Warning – it may also make you shed a few tears. But that’s all in the inspiration and triumph of peoples’ lives. Best to you.

  • Hi Kristie, So very sorry for your hardship and trauma. As you peel away the layers of hurt, you will discover your core – a new beautiful you filled with potential, gifts and strengths. And healing will begin.

  • Hi Sharon, Yes, baby steps towards your climb, and trusting in the process. Travel well. Caveat here: falling/failing is part of the deal of life.

  • Hi Jo-Anne, Yes, loss is part of the human condition and at some point it gets us all. Glad you’re liking some of the comments/quotes here in the post.

  • Autumn Bedwell

    I would absolutely LOVE and be THRILLED to be so lucky as to win one of these much needed inspirational and soul speaking books! I struggle daily from severe mental health issues as well as chronic and unrelenting medical conditions. I am the first to admit that I really struggle with keeping a positive and sometimes shamefully a grateful attitude so this I think would just be such a blessing and much treasured gift. 🙂 One of my fave quotes is and please forgive me if I don’t get it completely correct but it is “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters but the size of the fight in the dog”. Not sure of author. Anyway, thanks for listening and good luck to everyone and congrats to the lucky winners! 🙂

  • Terri Beth Wyman

    Please, count me in. I love the word, Believe. Believe in yourself. Believe in the possibility that life isn’t always going to feel like your in hell. Believe in the magic of….
    ? “All things are possible for those who believe.” Mark 9:23

    ▪️ Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Chrobic Chronic Depression, Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, Migraines, Borderline Personality Disorder, Adult/ Child survivor of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Survivor of the bullshit one faces when loving an addict- a step monster & two other step-dads, ex-husband, three children, and friensisters, probably the. mother,too.. ..Born with Bad Luck..
    ~ ?Serenityroz

  • Terri Beth Wyman

    Im so sorry you have to deal with being a quadriplegic. I read a book about a girl who went through same thing. I can almost imagine some of what your struggling. I’m not paralyzed, but I have fibromyalgia that takes the freedom every of shopping, hiking, biking, running, walking, sitting to long, laying to long. I know when it’s going to rain or snow because my arms and legs become this achy pain that is off the 0-10 pain chart. I have a pain killer that only gives me one dose that I only use when nothing else works, but when the pain is off the chart, I, at times have taken 3 of those painkillers to ease the pain.

    I can no longer shoot my basketball without paying for it later with pain and stiffness. I can barely get up and down steps. Oh my goodness, you should hear my knees crack. But it’s the pain that kills me. It’s the stiffness too. I can’t carry anything heavy. A gallon of milk is too heavy for my trapezius and shoulder and neck muscles. Anyway, I could go on. I hate my non-life.
    I imagine you hate yours. You can get through this with family and friends cheering you on. Maybe you’ll discover your very talented with your mouth for drawing, painting, etc. Maybe you’ll get to help design some kind of computer software that will help quadriplegics in some way that improves their life. Could it be video games you play using your eyes? Believe. I love that word, but I’ve had a hard time believing anything good would ever go my way. I have the word on my living room wall for me to look at every day; one of those wall decals. No matter how dark it gets for me, there has always been that spark inside me saying not to give up and that something good will come my way. I also have the Serenity prayer. I Wish for you to have Hope, Serenity, Courage, Wisdom, Faith, Love, and all the good stuff you deserve. I Wish it for myself too. ?